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Allen Edmonds Strand vs McAllister (black vs brown)

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by AdamAdam, Mar 24, 2013.

  1. MDeKelver

    MDeKelver Senior member

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    I think Navy is great with Walnut, a bit more conservative with Bourbon.

    Merlot from AE..just too red for me.

    Black. Well, I have made it without ever owning a pair of black shoes. Walnut, Cognac, dark browns, Bourbon, tan, oxblood. Never black. There are too many amazing brown shoes out there to own black. Every time I think I might buy black, there is a brown that wins.
     
  2. AdamAdam

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    I'm at this point now. My current crappy black shoes are old and many say one doesn't need black. What do you wear with say a charcoal or black suit?
     
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    ^Don't wear black suits. If you must, then you are right, you need black shoes. With charcoal, merlot and dark brown look good.
     
  5. AdamAdam

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    I'm not particularly sure why I have a black suit. Maybe because I thought I needed one for formal but not black tie affairs or a funeral. I do wear my charcoal suit often so I'm thinking those merlot McAllisters that are on the way will be paired up with that one.
     
  6. MDeKelver

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    I would wear walnut with a black suit, but not in the evening or to a funeral. I guess I would wear something ultra-dark brown. FYI, I do not own a black suit, and wear any brown with Charcoal suits.

    Evening wear: Blue velvet loafers?[​IMG]
     
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    Thanks for the feedback all -

    I agree that a brown might be too boring. I am definitely going to go walnut McTavish or McAllister as my second shoe purchase... I just don't think I can get away with it at first in my line of work.

    Instead of the Strand, though, I've become attracted to these Meermins:

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    I think they're more subtle than the strands, probably good for CBD. What do you all think of the color above, is it more conservative than walnut? and how about the Meermin brown vs. the Allen Edmonds brown?

    Meermin brown:

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    AE brown:

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  8. AdamAdam

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    Where did you find those Meermins? I'm looking at their website and don't see that exact model. The color of those Meermins may be slightly darker than AE walnut but it could also be that it is less decorative so it just seems more conservative. I haven't seen the Meermins in person.
     
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    msulinski Senior member

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    That first shoe is basically the same color as AE walnut, and marginally more conservative than the Stands, but I still wouldn't call it a consevative shoe.
     
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    Could you call it a conservative shoe in one of those two browns?
     
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    Yes, I think it is much more consevative (and versatile in dark brown). You can wear it in conservative environments with navy or gray suits with no problem. That walnut color, while nice, is very showy with navy and charcoal. It works better with mid blue or mid to light gray. But a suit in those colors is less convervative than the darker counterparts, so the whole ensemble is ultimately less conservative.
     
  13. MDeKelver

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    But that plain calf cap toe looks very sleek. Nice. A bit more shape in the last than the AE offerings.
     
  14. squalidozzi

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    Guys, thank you all for your advice! I recently graduated and will mount a shopping expedition soon.
     

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